Inside Christina Haack's Most Stunning Remodel Yet

If you like home designs that are clean and minimalistic, but still elegant you need to be watching HGTV's hit show "Christina on the Coast." Starring former "Flip or Flop" designer Christina Haack, this renovation show strays from the form old fans were familiar to. In this, she remodels luxury homes in southern California and has a wider focus than just strictly the designs. Haack told People in an interview, "This is the authentic me, unfiltered, just how I want the show."

While she's had some really amazing remodels over the show's three seasons, there's one that stands out among the others. 

In Season 3, Episode 8, titled "Midcentury Kitchen Reno", Haack works with clients Mike and Tressa to update their mid-century modern home that used to belong to Tressa's grandparents (via HGTV). With a budget of $100,000, Haack decided to make the main focus of her remodel the dark, drab kitchen that sported a low ceiling and wood panel walls. After looking at the "before" pictures on Realtor, it's easy to see why she chose the kitchen.   

After Haack was finished, the space was almost unrecognizable. That's how good her work is: She was able to keep elements of the original home but still transformed the space into a modern version of the classic mid-century modern kitchen.

Christina Haack used classic mid-century modern design in her remodel

Fans of "Christina on the Coast" know that Christina Haack's remodels are usually a blend of modern and elegant in design (via Realtor). She's also known for her love of white-heavy kitchens, and this remodel was no different. White walls, a higher ceiling, and new lighting completely transformed this once dark space. To keep the heart of the mid-century modern design her client loved, Haack added upper and lower cabinets in the same style as the old. She kept the upper cabinets white, adding to the brightness of the room, but went with walnut wood for the lowers. This choice brought through not just the use of mixed mediums that the original kitchen had, but also kept the same flat-faced style, keeping lines clean and classic. With a brighter space overall, the dark of the walnut wood lower cabinets added the right amount of depth and contrast to this elegant kitchen design.

With an eye on details, Haack chose to keep the backsplash white. Instead of repeating the smooth surface of the cabinets or counter, she went with style that had raised geometric shapes. This added texture helps draw the eye to the kitchen and is an example the classic minimalist element of mid-century modern design (via The Spruce).

What makes "Midcentury Kitchen Reno" Christina Haack's best remodel?

One of the main elements of mid-century modern design, according to The Spruce, is including nature, or enabling easy flow between indoors and outdoors. With this in mind, Christina Haack stretches Mike and Tressa's remodel from the kitchen to the patio doors. First, the floor: She changes out the old light colored flooring for a wood — but one that's different from the walnut she used for the lower cabinets. This choice not only keeps the cabinets as an accent, but helps keep a gentle flow between the two rooms.

With keeping access to the outdoors in mind, along with Tressa's love of the cinderblock design on the outside of the house, Haack added windows to the kitchen. Not just any windows, though. These windows look out through the geometrically-shaped cinderblock design featured on the outside of the home. This added touch brings even more of the classic mid-century modern design back to life.

The final thing that makes this design amazing is the patio door. The old door from the living room to the patio was a creaky sliding door that no longer fit with the clean, contemporary vibe of the house. While Haack gave her clients a variety of options, according to Realtor, they went with the expensive but stylish choice of bi-folding doors. Even though the doors pushed the couple over their design budget, there's no denying they tied the entire remodel together.